Last April I read this article, the premise of which is the demise of the "beard trend." I'm going to be honest: I didn't make it very far. As soon as I saw a beard referred to as a trend, I knew it was time to quit reading. Funny enough, a handful of articles trickled out over the next year claiming that the "beards are over" had ended and it was time to return to nice, clean shaven look. About that same time, I decided that it must be time for me to start growing a beard.
A beard isn't something you grow or shave because some hipster decided it was time, it isn't something you shave because a celebrity groomer declares it silly and it most certainly isn't something you choose as a trendy statement. Beards, great beards, have precipitated jealousy, study and thought since the 2nd century (no bullshit, look it up) when the Catholic philosopher and saint, Clement, compared them to a lion's mane as a symbol of manhood:
"This, then, is the mark of the man, the beard. By this, he is seen to be a man. It is older than Eve. It is the token of the superior nature….It is therefore unholy to desecrate the symbol of manhood, hairiness.”
And great beards have been a constant throughout the centuries. Greek philosophers, who thankfully had nothing to do but sit around and chat, likely did so while stroking their beards. William Shakespeare, a man who demonstrated an understanding of humanity that rivals anyone's before or after, almost certainly found some of his greatest works buried in the depths of his facial hair. Abraham Lincoln was one of many presidents to sport a nice beard and nobody would argue with his wisdom. Charles Darwin, the great evolutionist, must have seen something useful in the growing of his beard, something that would increase his ability to compete and perhaps even reproduce. Maybe to Darwin his beard was about survival of the fittest. These men, these bearded men, have given us the standard by which our beards are measured.
Were these men, these men whose work and ideas have changed the world growing their beards because it was a trend? Were they doing it to be ironic or to be hipsters? Hell if I know, but I doubt it. Beards are now what they have always been: statements by men. The meaning of those statements have most certainly changed over time. They could be trying to appear wise or could simply be too lazy to shave, but a man's beard is a man's decision and no man should grow or shave his beard because someone online told him it was time. It's your beard, man, you do what you choose.
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